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ABS-3A is a communications satellite that is scheduled to be operated by Asia Broadcast Satellite, providing coverage in the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa, as well as globally for TV distribution, cellular services, and maritime services.[1] It will be notable for being the first[2] commercial communications satellite in orbit to use electric propulsion, providing a significant weight savings.

Alternate Names

  • 40424
  • ABS3A

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2015-03-02
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Heavy
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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